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Biography of the Prophet
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The biography of the prophet Muḥammad was the central theme of the sīrat al-nabī, which was not a single genre but a branch of literature in early Islam that encompassed all of early Islamic history. Both this literature and any work belonging to it were called sīra, or sometimes maghāzī (lit., “military expeditions”). At present, sīra is used for “biography” i…

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Raven, Wim, “Biography of the Prophet”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 21 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23716>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004209824, 2011, 2011-3

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